The UK is officially one of the world’s best road trip destinations

Data on everything from road safety to the number of Google searches have been analysed in a new study

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly
Contributing Writer
Large green hills rise up either side of a tarmac road
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From the tippity top of the mountain highways in Scotland to Wales’ winding coastal roads, the UK has plenty of marvellous spots for a scenic drive. And we at Time Out certainly know a place or two that make for a really cracking road trip

But there’s a little more to a road trip than prettiest drives – well, according to one new study, anyway. Moneybarn Car Insurance analysed a tonne of data looking at more practical things to bear in mind when hitting the road. The platform evaluated everything from Google search volume and countries’ average number of EV charging stations to road quality scores and the number of traffic deaths, all to determine where in the world is best for a road trip. 

And the UK claimed sixth place! Yep, while we might be a bit biased when it comes to the scenery, our island also scored well for its practicality. 

Of the top ten, the UK has the lowest number of cars per thousand people at 519 (which suggests there might be less traffic) and has a relatively low score for the number of road-related deaths per 1,000 people at 3.2.

We were beaten by the likes of the USA, which claims the top spot largely thanks to the 72,500 Google searches compared to the UK’s 37,800, and also by France and Australia, which round out the top three. You can read more about the study here

Hit the road with Time Out

Clearly the practical elements are worth factoring into your adventure, but what’s a road trip without some brilliant photo-ops? We’ve got a comprehensive list of the best, most stunning road trips in the UK here, as well as the best places to visit and the best campsites, for a little extra inspo. 

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